Flight Stories

Our senior veterans served in a variety of ways, and each has a unique story to tell. We've listed several here.

November 4, 2021 - Mission #111 - The roster includes veterans who

- were awarded the Bronze Star (6 veterans) and Silver Star (1 veteran)

- was an equipment mechanic
- was a Flight Medical Officer
- served in Security and Law Enforcement; was in Florida during Cuban Missile Crisis
- flew combat missions in Vietnam
- was crew Chief on RB-57C and RB-57F
- served on Guard Duty Spandau Prison - Rudolph Hess; I Corp Vietnam
- worked with secret documents clerk at the Geneva Convention
- was a Combat Engineer
- served with 20 Bn, 2nd Marines Div, FMF. American Landing forces recognized for landing and securing Beirut Airport
- was a Voice intercept operator, Korea DMZ
- served in Maintenance, provided close air support for river patrol force / SA Rescue
- worked with 81mm mortars
- served in Ship to Shore communications; Went on 3 combat missions
- was a Huey Crew Chief
- worked on power generators
- served with the Seabees; construction at Danang Air Base
- was a Submariner; 2 Med runs, 1 northern run (2 months under the ice)
- was an Infantry Squad Leader
- was Intelligence Operations Superintendent, NCO in charge of Intelligence Div, 425th Strategic Wing

November 4, 2021 - Mission #112 - The roster includes veterans who

- were awarded the Purple Heart (6 veterans), Bronze Star (5 veterans), and Silver Star (1 veteran)

- had a Top Secret crypto clearance
- was a Field Wireman
- was a Weather Observer Technician; combat support for F-4 Phantom
- served with a Hawk Missile Site, Mobile Unit
- was 1st pilot to reach 3,000 hours in the EA-6B Prowler; 6,000+ hours in a jet, 800+ carrier landings
- was a Personnel Specialist at brigade HQ
- was Phone operator in the White House; supervisor Saigon Overseas Switchboard
- was a Generator operator
- provided security for war ready aircraft
- was a Computer Operator
- worked on the C-123K Ranch Hand that sprayed Agent Orange in VN
- was a Scout Sniper
- served in Civil Engineering
- was a Forward Catapults crew member
- built hospitals, temporary runways; maintained runway in Danang
- was a MARS Operator (Military Afficiated Radio Station)
- served in Infantry Ops and Intelligence
- worked in Logistics; truck driver
- served at NAS Keflavic, Iceland

- worked with Polaris submarine torpedo file control systems, USS Holland

- was an Army Aviator, 2 tours in Vietnam

October 21, 2021 - Mission #109 - The roster included veterans who

- were awarded the Purple Heart (3 veterans), Bronze Star (10 veterans), and Silver Star (1 veteran)

- was a Bomb Loader - B-52, A7D, F4C
- served in the Cuban blockade
- was a Communication center specialist, cryptographic accountant
- served on a Mediterranean cruise and NATO landing in Black Sea
- bailed out under 1000 ft on a B25 training flight; Was on way to South Pacific Theater when Japan surrendered
- was a Crew chief, C-130, part of "Blind Bat" operations Aug/Sep 1967
- was a Helicopter mechanic, special weapons
- was Flight Deck Aircraft Director
- served with 14th Air Commando wing
- was an Airborne electronics navigation equipment repairman
- was a C-130 Airplane Mechanic
- served as Combat Engineer - built roads, performed mine sweeps, drove 5 ton dump truck and bucket loader, built bridges
- was a Combat Medic
- was Chief of maintenance - radar, Vietnam and Korea
- served as Air Evac Medic
- was a Weather Officer
- served with Combat Infantry, helicopter crew chief
- was a Firefighter, structural, crash rescue
- served with a Machine gun squad

- worked in wood shop on flight line and building maintenance

October 21 - Mission #110 - The roster included veterans who

- were awarded the Purple Heart (1 veteran) and Bronze Star (5 veterans)

- was a Parachute Rigger
- was Commander of MASH Unit, HQ and Co. A 307th Medical BN, 82nd Airborne
- led 10 man recon team code name "Spooky Trip"
- was a Hawk missile tactical officer
- flew patrol North Tonkin, hard landing in Okinawa
- served on the USS Enterprise CVAN-65
- was a Field Medic, Dental Tech, Police Military Escort
- were Military Police officers (2 veterans)
- served on a Nike missile launcher crew
- did Ground Radio equipment repair
- was Crew Chief on A-7D
- served with the Strategic Air Command
- was Honest John rocket Crewmen
- was an Aviation storekeeper
- served with COMSUBRON Sixteen Torpedo recovery
- was Flight Ops Coordinator
- was Secure communications equipment operator, comms center administration
- Combat engineer, demolition expert